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MBA Interview Questions: Insider Tips

Nov. 9th, 2018 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

Being prepared is the best way to feel confident and get the most from your MBA admissions interview. It will also help you stay calm and continue to give thoughtful and poised responses when confronted by difficult questions. An important starting point is preparing to answer the standard questions (noted below) and training yourself to […]

How To Maximize Your Employer Tuition Assistance for the MBA

Nov. 6th, 2018 | by: College Coach

Your employer offers a tuition assistance program. Excellent! But do you know how it works? Failing to plan in advance could end up costing you unused dollars for your MBA. If you aren’t sure if your company offers tuition assistance, reach out to your manager/HR/benefits department to find out. You don’t want to leave any […]


Nov. 5th, 2018 | by: Fortuna

Harvard Business School is looking for candidates who are ambitious and extraordinary, with a habit of leadership, an impressive track record, and a penchant for consistently hitting their goals. Beyond that, HBS wants mission-driven individuals who are poised to make the institution proud and motivated by a deeper purpose. If you can combine that with […]

MBA Interview Prep: ‘Which other schools have you applied to?’

Oct. 23rd, 2018 | by: Fortuna

Here’s a classic MBA admissions interview question that gives many candidates pause: Which other schools are you applying to? Every school wants to know they’re your first choice. So how to answer this tricky interview question? First, you want to demonstrate sound reasoning for why you’re applying to other programs in the context of why this school […]


Free, live webinars in October: Behind the scenes of MBA Admissions with “The Committee”

Oct. 9th, 2018 | by: Fortuna

Discover the discussions that take place ‘behind the curtain’ in MBA Admissions Committees. Join Poets&Quants Editor-in-Chief John A. Byrne for a series of in-depth strategy sessions that take you behind-the-scenes to look at how MBA admissions decisions are made. Listen in as the Fortuna Admissions team of former gatekeepers from HBS, Wharton, INSEAD and other […]

HBS interview invites out today: How to get ahead

Oct. 1st, 2018 | by: Fortuna

Word is out: Harvard Business School releases round 1 interview invites today, Oct. 1, with a second wave going out on Thursday, Oct. 4. If you, along with many of our clients, are among the fortunate few to receive an invitation to interview, it’s a tremendous validation of your hard work and talent. Yet having […]

8 Essential MBA Admissions Tips from the Gatekeepers at UCLA Anderson, Cornell

Sep. 24th, 2018 | by: Matt Symonds

Did you know that the Admissions Directors at UCLA Anderson and Cornell often read MBA resumes from the bottom up? Or that WashU Olin assigns a personal recruiter-advocate to every MBA applicant’s file? From tips on overcoming a weak GMAT score to advice for international students, the Admissions Director Panel at CentreCourt Los Angeles was […]

MBA Requirements: Advice for Non-traditional Applicants

Sep. 19th, 2018 | by: Fortuna

Gone are the days when the serious MBA contender had to possess a certain academic and career pedigree. At a time when business schools are aggressively seeking diversity in their candidates, key MBA requirements include your leadership experience and potential. “You don’t need to have studied economics or statistics as an undergrad, or taken a […]

8 Tips for Student Loan Refinancing

Sep. 17th, 2018 | by: College Coach

Everyone loves a good deal, whether we’re talking about student loans or anything else. MBA students, in particular, tend to be money-savvy, and don’t want to pay more in interest than they need to. Is student loan refinancing, then, the best way for MBA students to get a deal on their education debt? Maybe, but […]

Make Me Forget About Your GMAT Score – Q&A with Kellogg’s MBA Gatekeeper

Sep. 16th, 2018 | by: Fortuna

Ahead of the CentreCourt MBA Festival in Chicago, Fortuna Admissions Director Matt Symonds catches up with Melissa Rapp, Director of Admissions for the full-time MBA program at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, to share her insights and admissions advice. If we draw back the curtain on a typical day in the life of the Kellogg […]

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